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Gender Differences in Ethics Judgment of Marketing Professionals in the United States

Daulatram B. Lund
Journal of Business Ethics
Vol. 77, No. 4 (Feb., 2008), pp. 501-515
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/25075579
Page Count: 15
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Gender Differences in Ethics Judgment of Marketing Professionals in the United States
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Abstract

This empirical investigation reexamines the impact of gender on ethics judgment of marketing professionals in a cross-section of firms in the United States. In the study, gender differences in ethics judgment focus on decisions in the context of marketing-mix elements (product, promotion, pricing, and distribution). The results of statistical analyses indicate that men and women marketing professionals differ significantly in their ethics judgment. Overall, female marketing professionals evinced significantly higher ethics judgment than their male counterparts. Given the changing demographics of corporate America, it is conceivable that ethical decision-making in organizations stands to improve as the ratio of women in executive positions increases. The finding also bodes well with the recent emphasis of moving away from transaction-based in favor of relationship-focused conceptualization of marketing.

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